INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVES LECTURE

Flagship Development was the name of the third lecture from the International Perspectives series, organized by Deltametropolis – an organization in cooperation with the universities of the Randstad, Holland.

Flagship Development was the name of the third lecture from the International Perspectives series, organized by Deltametropolis – an organization in cooperation with the universities of the Randstad, Holland.

November 2011,
Lecture by: Paul Lecroart
Location : University of Amsterdam

Paul Lecroart is a Senior Urban Planner at the Urban Planning and Development Institute in the Paris Ile-de-France Region, who opened the night by speaking about his experiences with large urban projects in Paris, including the tensions between different levels of policy makers, such as the National government to the small municipalities where the large projects often take place.  He also emphasized how different politicians advocate different directions in Urban planning, that is Sarkozy wants to centralise the power, while his predecessor propagated decentralization.

La Defense, Paris. Image from –  www.gardenvisit.com

Besides Paris and its large projects such as La Defense and the World Cup Stadium he gave five other case studies of projects that have dramatically changed city planning.
Hamburg, interesting because of their bid to host the Olympic games, in which they realised the hidden potential of the old harbor area. A bottom-up way of development with room for diversity in the projects and often an emphasis on sustainability.

Another example is Seoul, South Korea. Here an ugly highway in the middle of the city was demolished to reveal a boulevard of green spaces looking onto the river, which had been covered for years.  Interestingly the large project was planned and finished within two years, and the improvements on the cities appearance, pollution, climate and congestion have been significant.   This inspirational project shows a remarkable example of urban planning in terms of its transformation for the residents in such a limited time scale

Seoul, South Korea. Before and After. Image from
http://www.transalt.org/files/newsroom/magazine/032Spring/21auto-free.html

He concluded by highlighting that, the ambition of having a big event planned for a city  can inspire city planners into rethinking its possibilities. He even mentioned that bidding for the Olympic games is often better than winning them, since the event is very short term and leaves little room for autonomous policy.   The planners can still make a difference, but there is no pressure to make vast areas of sporting venues, which after the games are often not used to benefit the city.

Paul Lecroart showed a wide range of examples of how events (or potential events) have given opportunity to shape the world’s urban fabric and the importance of seeing the full potential of the cities we occupy.

There are several more motivational talks and discussions about urban development strategies, organised by the Deltametropolis taking place in the Randstad.  For more information take a look at the website.

www.deltametropool.nl

 

Created on 28 November 2011

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